Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. Con. Res. 3, the FY’17 Budget Resolution which establishes the method to repeal Obamacare. Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) released the following statement after the passage of the legislation:
“The history of Obamacare is clear-cut: It was crafted behind closed doors, with no real discussion of opposing views; it was overly complicated, riddled with mountains of mandates and penalties; and it has failed to rein in costs, causing the collapse of exchanges, double-digit premium increases, and fewer healthcare choices for patients. Simply put, Obamacare is an expensive failure that is unpopular, unworkable, and unaffordable.
“By passing S. Con. Res. 3, we opened a procedural door to repealing this deeply flawed law, following through on our promise to the American people. While conversations about the replacement plan are ongoing, rest assured that there will be a smooth transition period between the current system and a new free-market healthcare system that is patient-centered. Americans deserve the freedom to buy coverage that is right for their needs and budgets, not the needs of Washington. With President-elect Donald Trump and Dr. Tom Price at the helm, Congress will pass legislation that will increase access to the care Americans need, at a price they can afford.
“This budget resolution is far from perfect. It is a snapshot of where we’ve been under the Obama Administration, not a roadmap of where we need to go moving forward. Time and again, President Obama has ignored the staggering losses caused by his flawed policies simply to preserve his legacy. As soon as the Trump Administration is able to submit a budget to Congress detailing its priorities, Congress will debate more conservative budget proposals designed to restore fiscal order and achieve long-term fiscal sustainability. Today’s vote was a vote for relief for Americans who have been suffering for too long under a burdensome system. It’s time to make healthcare work for all Americans.”